While bored in lockdown, a man in Detroit decided to lend a helping hand to his local squirrels by building them their very own miniature wooden restaurant in his backyard... And his finished result is simply incredible.
If there's one good thing to come out of this current pandemic...
via: ShutterstockIt is that our natural planet is thriving.
It is one of the more unexpected side-effects of the medical crisis.
via: ShutterstockWhile humans have been forced to remain indoors in self-isolation, our planet has finally been given the chance to heal.
The sudden lockdown of major cities has resulted in some pretty remarkable changes.
via: ShutterstockLevels of toxic air pollutants and warming gases over major cities and regions have been showing significant drops as the pandemic impacts work and travel.
And, while our streets remain deserted...
via: FacebookOur animals have gradually been coming out of hiding.
The lack of human interference means that our animals can go about their lives undisturbed...
Spotted Malabar civet... A critically endangered mammal not seen until 1990 resurfaces for the first time in calicu… https://t.co/kO38Xwz2Qn— Dón Grieshnak (@Dón Grieshnak)1585207758.0
Remarkable images from our healing planet have been emerging from all over the world...The Venice canals, once polluted and overcrowded with gondolas full of tourists, are now clearer than ever before, meaning that their native wildlife can now return to where they belong.
And all the way in Wales, the mountain goats have made a comeback to the streets.
In the town near me (Llandudno) the mountain goats have moved further down out of hills and have started wandering… https://t.co/xBmU3xQmVT— sarah 🧛🏻♀️♡ (@sarah 🧛🏻♀️♡)1585589399.0
And here in the States?
Spotted on the playground at the elementary school next door, which has been closed for several days ... wild turke… https://t.co/hMcW6LULy4— Charlotte Simmonds (@Charlotte Simmonds)1584745768.0
But it is our squirrels, in particular, who are thriving.
via: ShutterstockAll across America, high numbers of wild squirrels have been spotted in both our parks and our back yards.
Santa Monica has been completely overrun by the critters.
What’s up with all the squirrels in Santa Monica right now lol https://t.co/VvMwX2J83O— wow, crazy. (@wow, crazy.)1559845259.0
They are everywhere.It's heartbreaking to see the blatant impact we've had on the environments of these beautiful creatures, so it's great to see them finally thriving in their habitats.
It's devastating that it has taken a full-fledged medical pandemic for our animals to thrive...
squirrels are wildin out here in Santa Monica https://t.co/HI6FM3YXeF— Jeff Legaspi (@Jeff Legaspi)1561828626.0
James Vreeland classes himself as somewhat of a handyman...
James wanted to give his local wildlife a little something to enjoy while the humans are locked down...
James decided to give the critters their own miniature restaurant...
via: JamesvreelandAnd it looks incredible. Crafted with tiny pieces of wood, James managed to construct tables, chairs, and even an ornate entrance and fencing for the tiny little eatery. Oh, and he left out plenty of tasty and nutty snacks for the diners, of course.
The recently-opened restaurant was also given a fancy name - Maison du Noix - which translates to “The Nut House."
via: JamesvreelandIt looks fit for a Queen, doesn't it?
There's even an official menu.
via: Jamesvreeland“We’ve been offering an opening course of a seed medley, followed by peanuts on the full shell, house-cut breadsticks, and a dessert of counter-softened apples," James told local media.
And, so far, the restaurant has proven to be very popular with the locals...
via: JamesvreelandBoth the animals and the humans. “The squirrels and blue jays have been loving it," James explained. “The response from humans has been pretty great too with people stopping all the time to take a photo or watch the frenzy."